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    Backyard Adventures: Constructing a Greenhouse Is Building More Than a Place to Grow Flowers

    When we first came across the videos of Kyle Finn Dempsey their moody earnestness and striking images drew us in. Like Aerate, he was focused on living outside, even if his work concentrated a more adventurous brand of enjoying Mother Nature. As we watched though, something deeper clicked. Maybe it was the way his worldview came across or the subtle philosophy that slipped into...

    Buggin’ Out, Sleepin’ In: What Happens When a Brood X Cicada Misses His Wake-up Call

    “Billions of cicadas that have spent 17 years underground are set to emerge across large areas of the eastern US,…bursting into the open as adults in mass synchronized events.” — The Guardian Ahhh good morning! I can’t believe it’s here! After 17 years underground, it’s finally time for all of us to emerge. Together. Like a family. Or better yet, like a fraternity of my...

    Leaving My Houseplants Was the Break-up That Almost Broke Me

    The Vegas strip glitters in the distance. I’m sitting alone in a hot tub, a New Yorker suddenly thrust into an arid, alien land. All I can see is endless desert and track homes; all I can think about are my plants. In August, after calling Brooklyn home for nine years, I left for good. I miss my close-knit group of friends, my daily walks...

    Meet Louis Bromfield, a Bourdain-esque Pulitzer-Winning Playboy Who Grew Organic Veggies

    The new book, The Planter of Modern Life, is a tribute to Louis Bromfield, the rare, accomplished author who charmed celebrities and the soil.

    The Cactus Thief: My Yearlong Succulent Snipping Spree

    I was in an uber on my way to my fifth chemo session in Mexico City. I didn’t want to go. I dug my heels into the car floor, as if I might brake, Flintstones style.   The driver, not getting any conversation from me, turned the radio to a station that plays pop from the ’80s, in English. Bohemian Rhapsody came on. My favorite, Freddie...

    When the Squirrels Get Tough, the Tough Get a Water Wiggle

    Fie upon you, day-rats. You don’t fool me with your bushy tails and twitchy noses: I have seen what treachery you have wrought with your tiny hands and I aim to put a stop to it. Your reign of terror ends here. A pox upon your burrows. Or nests. Or whatever your houses are called!  Squirrels are destroying my garden and I have had enough....

    Yard Notes: Extra Hugs for Trees (Happy Arbor Day!) and Their Fabulous Fruits

    Even as Harvard warned of a second straight year of falling revenue, the medical school embraced a more hopeful future, naming the kiwi its fruit of the month. Who are we to disagree, although if someone put us in charge we’d probably nominate the medlar. This fanny facsimile fruit has been turning up during archaeological digs of latrines from the Middle Ages, when the...

    TikTok + Brick Swap = #BrikTok, Where Trading Bricks Gets Viral

    The undisputed heavyweight champ of #Brickswap TikTok (four and a half pounds at a time) is TapeDeckVintage.  That’s a lot to unpack, but let’s try. Yes, there are indeed people who collect bricks as a hobby, and a brick swap is exactly what it sounds like: a meet-up where they can trade and chat. Videos of brick swaps have found a cultish audience on video-sharing...

    Visit 8 of the Best European Gardens Without Leaving the U.S.

    This week the E.U. announced that U.S. travelers who are vaccinated and feeling bullish about air travel will soon be cleared for takeoff, should you say, want to spend a few weeks ambling around Europe’s epic gardens. But if, for the time being, you’re more comfortable sticking close to home, don’t despair: with a little planning, it’s possible to get your grand garden...

    5 Garden-to-Glass Cocktails To Welcome Growing Season

    Herbs and hard drink have been bound up together for centuries, stretching back into the Middle Ages when monks throughout France, Italy, and Central Europe began crafting beers, brandies, and other distilled spirits infused with special blends of herbs, barks, and flowers. Some of the most famous—like Chartreuse (whose secret recipe is rumored to contain more than 130 components) and Benedictine—are still popular today.  But,...

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